From 1st October, there will be a change in the organisation providing sexual health and HIV services that are currently provided from the Blanche Heriot Unit. The new provider will be Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL). CNWL are an experienced Trust already providing a range of HIV and sexual health services across London and Surrey and we are working closely with them to ensure a smooth transfer for patients.
Please read the following information which includes a number of important updates.
From 1st October 2017, HIV services will be based at Buryfields Clinic in Guildford, with a smaller service at Earnsdale Clinic (Redhill).
Many of our clinicians will also be transferring to the new service so CNWL will retain expertise and knowledge; we have also contacted patients (where we have permission to do so) requesting your consent to transfer your medical records to the new service.
In addition, to ensure a smooth transition, particularly for patients with more complex needs, we have agreed that CNWL will run a number of transition clinics from St Peter's Hospital for the first few months of the new service. Your clinician will be able to give you more details.
Sexual health services
CNWL have three main clinical bases across the county where you can have all your sexual health and contraceptive needs met in one appointment, where possible.
The clinics are at:
- Buryfields Sexual Health Clinic - GUM, Contraception and HIV services
61 Lawn Road
Guildford, GU2 4AX
- Earnsdale Sexual Health Clinic - GUM, Contraception and HIV services
2 Whitepost Hill
Redhill, RH1 6BD
- Woking Sexual Health Clinic - Contraception services
Woking Community Hospital
3 Heathside Road, Woking GU22 7HS
CNWL will also provide community clinical outreach sessions with STI and HIV testing, condom distribution and information and advice sessions in Leatherhead, Epsom, Runnymede and Spelthorne. These health promotion sessions are designed to support the wider community with information and advice about how to stay healthy and make healthy choices.
More information is available on CNWL's patient information leaflets which you will find in clinic, or via their website at: www.sexualhealth.cnwl.nhs.uk.
Other services - genital dermatology and vulval pain
These services will remain at Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals. We are currently in the process of setting up new clinics for these services and will be writing to patients with further details.
Why is this happening?
Surrey County Council's Public Health team are responsible for commissioning (buying) sexual health services for the local population, and similarly NHS England are responsible for HIV services.
Last year Public Health and NHS England decided to commission a new sexual health and HIV service to cover the whole of Surrey so people across the county had access to the same service. Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust - who are an experienced NHS organisation providing these types of service - won the contract and, because they are providing services for people across Surrey, want to concentrate services into specialist hubs.
When is this happening?
The change will be taking place from 1st October.
Where can I find out more information?
We have patient information leaflets available in clinic today that you can take away and read more about the new services. CNWL also have a website and you can find out more here: www.sexualhealth.cnwl.nhs.uk.
More information is also available at: http://www.healthysurrey.org.uk/your-health/sexual-health/
Our Next Patient Information and Discussion Event
For those unable to attend our previous meetings, we are hosting a webinar on 26th September from at 5pm till 6.30pm.
The dial in details to join the call are:
Conference call number: 0800 783 6753
To ensure we have no complications with the technology, participants will need to open the presentation on their own computers and the presenters will talk through their respective slides.
PLEASE NOTE: Questions will be taken after all presenters have spoken and the session will end promptly at 6.30pm.